Paul Jarod Michiels

Paul Jarod Michiels

Paul Jarod Michiels

Assistant Professor

Paraphrase, Stasis Theory, Linguistic Noticing, Second Language Writing, Dynamic Written Corrective Feedback, Theories of Learning

Paul Michiels received his bachelor’s degree in rhetoric from U.C. Berkeley. He went on to earn a master’s in professional writing and rhetoric and a PhD in writing and rhetoric from George Mason University. While at Mason, he taught undergraduate and graduate coursework for INTO Mason and worked with the George Mason Writing Center as an ESL specialist, a dissertation tutor, and a tutor trainer. His dissertation focused on developing a paraphrase pedagogy for multilingual writers by weighing instructional prescriptions against both instructional and disciplinary paraphrase practices. His research interests include stasis theory, the use of language noticing in the composition classroom, and the development of theoretically and pedagogically principled feedback strategies for multilingual writers. Dr. Michiels studied Ancient Greek and Latin in Georgetown University’s Postbaccalaureate Program in the Classics and has studied German for over a decade. He is currently translating the book Momo by Michael Ende from German into English.

Selected Publications

Dissertation: “Toward a Paraphrase Pedagogy for Multilingual Writers: Weighing Pedagogical Prescriptions against Instructional and Disciplinary Practice”


  • Bachelor's in Rhetoric, U.C. Berkeley, 2006
  • Postbaccalaureate Program in the Classics, Georgetown University, 2012
  • Master's in Professional Writing and Rhetoric, George Mason University, 2015
  • TESL Certificate, George Mason University, 2015
  • PhD in Writing and Rhetoric, George Mason University, 2019